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The ACS caters for many different levels of industry involvement. Active, Associate, Full and Student are the most common levels of membership.


If you wish to join, please click on the "Join the ACS" image link to the RIGHT of this page for the Application Form.

CineKids Membership has its own special Application Form. See below.

If you need further assistance regarding your membership application please contact the President in your State via the Contact Us link on the right side of this page.

To choose your Membership Category, refer to the quick guide below or read the Membership Categories listed.

Which is the correct Membership Category for me?

♦︎ I am currently aged between 10 and 15 years old. I am really interested in cinematography and want to learn more. I also want to be part of a society that specialises in the art and technique of cinematography.
 My Category is: ACS CINEKIDS [Click Here]

♦︎ I am currently a student aged 16 years or older and enrolled in either a secondary school, tertiary institution, academy or college and I am studying aspects of film, television and screen production, or I am gaining work experience with an industry company.
 My Category is: STUDENT [Click Here]

♦︎ I am NOT in the Camera Department however my work relates to cinematography. I may be a Sponsor or invitee of the ACS. I may work in a department allied to the Camera Department such as those listed below.
 My Category is: ASSOCIATE [Click Here]

♦︎ I am a Camera Department crew member but not a cinematographer. I may be a Camera Operator, 1st AC (Focus Puller), 2nd AC (Clapper/Loader), DIT, Data Wrangler, Video Split Operator.
 My Category is: ACTIVE [Click Here]

♦︎ I am a cinematographer but have been shooting less than 5 years consecutively in the primary role of cinematographer.
 My Category is: ACTIVE [Click Here]

♦︎ I work professionally as a cinematographer. I have been shooting for at least 5 years consecutively and my primary form of employment has been as cinematographer during the last 5 years.
 My Category is: FULL [Click Here]

♦︎ I am a cinematographer. I am a Full Member of the ACS and have been for at least 3 years consecutively.
 I can apply for ACCREDITED [Click Here] (See Important information below in the Accredited Membership Category)

♦︎ I was a cinematographer and member of the ACS as an Active or Full Member for at least 10 years consecutively. I no longer work as a cinematographer due to age or health and am not employed.
 I can apply for RETIRED [Click Here] (Contact your Branch to enquire).

♦︎ LIFE and HONORARY membership categories are bestowed at the discretion of the ACS National Board and cannot be voluntarily joined or applied for.

Please note that each level of Membership Category may require substantiation by the applicant to prove their eligibility to the ACS. This may be in the form of, for example, Student ID, CV, Employment History and Referees.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES


ACS CineKids

A CineKids Member is a young person aged between 10 - 15 years, who has a passion for cameras and filmmaking. This new membership category has been created to encourage and foster interested kids up to the age of 15 years to participate and take an active hands on approach to Cinematography.

When a CineKid turns 16 years old they may be upgraded to a student member. CineKids are divided into 2 age groups: 10-12 & 13-15 years old.

ACS CineKids may enter their work into the ACS Annual Awards for Cinematography held in November each year. Submissions are usually entered in August or September.

ACS CineKids will receive a Welcome Pack with a membership certificate, membership card, note pad and pen, access to our eNews both National & State, and various screenings and workshops, along with mentoring from our ACS cinematographers.

There is a special ACS CineKids Membership Application form available via this link below.
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Student

A Student Member is a person aged 16 years or older who is either:
Undertaking a course, recognised by the National Executive in film, television and screen production techniques in a college, university or academy
or
Gaining work experience with an industry company or production
or
A Secondary student aged 16 years and older who is actively engaged and has a keen interest in cinematography.
**When a CineKid turns 16 years old they may be upgraded to a student member.
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Associate

An Associate Member is a person who is involved in cinematography, but is NOT a member of the Camera Department.
An Associate Member may be a Sponsor or dignitary who is invited by the ACS to join the Society.
An Associate Member may be a person who is not in the Camera Department but is working in the allied Departments of Lighting, Gripping, Art, SFX, VFX, Visual Post-Production, Camera Equipment Supply and Preparation, Camera and Lens Technician.
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Active

An Active Member is a person who is working in the Camera Department but does not meet the eligibility for Full Member cinematographer status.
An Active Member may be a cinematographer with less than 5 consecutive years experience or not working professionally.
An Active Member may be a Camera Operator, 1st AC (Focus Puller), 2nd AC (Clapper Loader), Data Wrangler, DIT, or Video Split Operator.
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Full

A Full Member is a person aged 21 years or older who is and has been working as a professional cinematographer as their primary form of employment in the film, television or screen industry for a period of at least 5 years consecutively. A person may join the ACS as a Full member providing they meet the eligibility criteria. It is not essential to have been an Active Member prior to Full membership.

If considering ACS Accreditation, a person must have been a Full member for at least 3 years consecutively. This is the only path into Accreditation. Student, Associate or Active Members may NOT apply for Accreditation regardless of the number of years of ACS membership nor their body of work.
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Accredited

To gain ACS Accreditation, a Full Member of at least three years standing must submit a representational body of their work to an Accreditation sub-committee for appraisal. This specially convened group makes assessments on the standard of lighting, composition, operating and camera movement. Consideration is also given to the cinematic approach in relation to the script and subject matter. This body of work must show more than just professional competence, it must clearly demonstrate creativity and aesthetic innovation.

To receive Accreditation is the highest honour, and it is the intention of the Society to ensure that any cinematographer so honoured, and thus entitled to use the letters ACS after their name, will be capable of performing work of an international standard.

The use of the ACS letters after a person's name is exclusively reserved for those who have received an Accredited membership.

Eligible Full Members wishing to apply for ACS Accreditation should contact their Branch President.

Click the link below to learn about applying for ACS Accreditation.
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Life

A Life Member is a full, active or retired member who, due to long and distinguished service to the Society, has been recommended and nominated by an ACS Committee, and then approved at a National General Meeting. A Life Member is not liable for membership fees.
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Honorary

An Honorary Member is a person upon whom honorary membership has been bestowed at the discretion of an ACS committee. An Honorary Member is not liable for joining or membership fees.
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Retired

A Retired Member is a member of ten years' standing or more who has been a full or active member and due to age or illness has retired from active participation in cinematography and is no longer employed in any capacity. Approved Retired Members are not liable for membership fees.
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Membership Fees

The annual membership fees & joining fees for 2016-2017 are listed below. They are in Australian Dollars and are inclusive of GST.

Accredited: $240.00 - No Joining Fee. Application Fee for Accreditation is $250 inc GST.
Full: $180.00 + $60.00 Joining Fee = $240
Active: $150.00 + $60.00 Joining Fee = $210
Associate: $125.00 + $60.00 Joining Fee = $185
Student: $80.00 - No joining fee.
CineKids: $25.00 - No joining fee.

The membership year aligns with the financial year 1 July ~ 30 June.

Pro Rata fees may apply if you join late in the financial year. Please contact your Branch for details.

Special Dispensation

If a member of any category is undergoing financial hardship they can apply to have their relevant fee downgraded until their financial position changes. Members are therefore able to retain all of their membership benefits.

Each case is dealt with on an individual basis and must be approved by the National Executive.


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